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5 Crucial Things You Can Do Today to Achieve Your Goals

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve set “goals” more times than I care to count. Did I achieve any of them? A few, but I would have reached more if I had followed the process of planning and goal setting rather than just “making a goal”.

There is a lot more to achieving any goal than simply stating the goal. But it is a first step.
It’s amazing how some people seem so great at achieving their goals while other people aren’t so good at it. Part of the reason some people fail is that they do not have a specific goal, one that is clear and focused. In addition, they do not have a schedule of action to work toward achieving the goal. In order to meet any goal, start doing these five things today.

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1. Craft Clear, Specific and Doable Goals

For any goal to be achievable, it must first be clear and precise. But, more important, it also must be doable. You do want to challenge yourself a bit and set the goal high, but you want to ensure that any goal you set is possible. Therefore, you will need to do a little research to set your goal. For instance, let’s say your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds.

Anyone who needs to lose 50 pounds and sets their mind to it can do so, but they can’t and shouldn’t do it in one month. So an unreasonable goal is “I want to lose 50 pounds in a month.” Instead, a more reasonable and doable goal is to state “I want to lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks.” This goal follows health guidelines to lose no more than 2 pounds per week. It also gives you a little cushion for plateaus and other issues.
 

2. Each Goal Needs Set Actionable Tasks

Additionally, any goal that you want to meet needs to have the “why” and the “how” included with the “what” of the goal. In the example above you want to lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks, which will be a little less than 2 pounds per week. To see those results, you’ll need to look at your diet, compute the number of calories you should consume and the amount of exercise you need.

In today’s world of online calculators, you can quickly determine what you will need to do. Let’s say that you learn you need to consume 1800 calories a day and walk for 20 minutes each day, to achieve your goal.
 
So, now you need to include planning your meals and fitting in the exercise necessary to reach your goal. You can see a clear path to success just by going further and adding these actionable tasks:

* Eat 1800 calories a day
* Walk fast for 20 Minutes per day



3. Schedule Everything

Do not leave anything to chance. Instead, schedule in the work necessary to reach your goals into a real planner. Writing a list isn’t good enough – you need to schedule everything so that you don’t miss a single day because you lost track of your schedule.

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Schedule Everything

Eating healthier requires more time. You’ll need extra shopping and prep time as well as cooking time if you don’t normally cook at home.

You’ll also need time to fit in the exercise. Your exercise time will actually take more than 20 minutes because you’ll need to get to the gym and change then recovery time after. You need to be realistic about how long each thing will take and schedule them into your day properly.


4. Take Action

No goal is ever achieved if regular action isn’t taken each day. Each morning, look at your planner and follow through on the plans that you’ve made and the criteria you’ve set for yourself to get things done. All you have to do is the minimum necessary each day to reach your goal. When you get through each day having done the minimum, you’re a success – each and every single day. There is nothing else that can be the result of daily action other than success when you think of it this way.


5. Repeat

Finally, you’ll need to repeat these steps every. single. day. When you make very specific and clear goals with very specific steps to achieving them you will soon discover the secret to success that seems to escape so many people. The real secret is in the doing. It’s like going on a long hike – if you take one step at a time, moving in the direction that you’ve planned out for yourself, you will get to the end and you will be a success.

Reaching your goals is a matter of setting reasonable and realistic goals, and then setting up a schedule of actionable tasks and steps that bring about the end result. You can start today to achieve your goals.

Now that you have the steps to properly set your goals, give it another try. Let me know how the worksheet works. Leave me a comment with your goals and how you reached them.

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